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WITTY WORDPLAY

New York Times, Sunday, December 4, 1988

Author:
Jeanette K. Brill
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 521 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 139, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Jeanette K. Brill has 79 pre-Shortz puzzles and 2 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,271
Across
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___ Gan, Israeli city : RAMAT
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Thrills for Domingo : SOLI
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Something not to throw : FIT
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Extreme sluggishness : TORPOR
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Tony musical winner: 1980 : EVITA
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Actor Mischa from St. Petersburg : AUER
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Stir : ADO
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One-celled organism : AMOEBA
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Dentist's office? : FILLINGSTATION
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Underlying structure : FABRIC
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Thai measure : RAI
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Up to now : YET
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A Carter on TV : NELL
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Swell : NIFTY
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Garb : ATTIRE
34
Poet who wrote "Opportunity" : SILL
35
A.L. Batting Champion: 1955 : KALINE
38
Mussolini's kin : CIANOS
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Reason for marital breakup? : STALEMATE
41
Rather's favorite letters : CBS
44
Rich dessert : TORTE
45
Teeny-___ : WEENY
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Lake in NW Italy : ORTA
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Become agitated : STEW
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Upward curve of a ship's plank : SNY
49
Identical : SAME
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Author Nin : ANAIS
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___ dixit : IPSE
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Jogger's complaint? : RUNNINGSTITCH
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Stone: Comb. form : LITE
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Modernized : UPDATED
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Baptism and confirmation : RITES
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Kind of jury or larceny : PETIT
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Separated : PARTED
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Showed concern : CARED
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Crude borax : TINCAL
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Breakfast food in Dixie : GRITS
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Hall's musical partner : OATES
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Type of periodical : MONTHLY
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Canary's trill : ROLL
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Tidal bores? : CURRENTEVENTS
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Everybody, in Bonn : ALLE
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Choice words : ANDOR
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Crooner or cherry : BING
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Teachers' degs. : MES
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A.E.S. and H.S.T. : DEMS
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Yvette's sky : CIEL
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Rhone feeder : SAONE
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Commandment verb : SHALT
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Writer LeShan : EDA
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"Equus"? : HORSEPLAY
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___ counter : GEIGER
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Actors Charlie and Martin : SHEENS
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Cartoonist Gross : MILT
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Ellington's "Mood ___" : INDIGO
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Appraises : RATES
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Nursery trio : MICE
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Turkish title : AGA
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Half a dance : CAN
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"___ Fideles" : ADESTE
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Square in an arena? : ENGAGEMENTRING
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Learned : VERSED
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High, craggy hill : TOR
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___ and anon : EVER
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Speedily : APACE
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Gore or gusset : INSERT
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Siamang : APE
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Melchior, by birth : DANE
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"Ores" man : MINER
Down
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What an ophthalmologist does : REFRACTS
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The Wright way? : AVIATION
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"___ Life," Harold Rome song : MILITARY
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Pac.'s opposite : ATL
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Mai ___ (rum drink) : TAI
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A wise herb? : SAGE
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Winkle out : OUST
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Rent : LET
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Qum native : IRANIAN
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Ribbed silk fabric : FAILLE
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Pedestal object : IDOL
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Smart set : TON
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U.S.A.F. group : TAF
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Muscat native : OMANI
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This is sometimes round : ROBIN
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Clemens beauty? : PERFECTPITCH
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R.I.P. notice : OBIT
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Risqué : RACY
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Humorist Bill and comedian Louis : NYES
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TV in England : TELLY
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Bank depositor's div. : INT
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Kind of deer : ROE
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Dutch genre painter : STEEN
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Units for measuring gold : KARATS
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Tall story? : ATTIC
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Rover's restraint : LEASH
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Kind of truck : SEMI
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Rich : MONIED
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Inhuman : BESTIAL
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In a gentle way : SWEETLY
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Conjurer's rod : WAND
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Chaplin's early films : SILENTS
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Prune a tree, in Scotland : SNED
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Verify : ATTEST
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Tin-lizzie accompaniments : RATTLES
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Salt Lake City team : UTES
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Kitchen utensil : GRATER
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"Irresistibelle" : SIREN
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Marathoner's challenge : UPGRADE
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Released conditionally : PAROLED
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Dentists? : DRILLMASTERS
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Four noggins : PINT
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Seasonal songs : CAROLS
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Chinese secret society : TONG
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Some are holy : ORDERS
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Word on a biblical wall : MENE
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Where cash might be stashed : CACHE
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"The ___" (Ore.'s motto) : UNION
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Eng. foes' fast craft : EBOAT
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Having tendrils : VINY
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David Copperfield, e.g. : MAGICIAN
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Refined grace : ELEGANCE
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More potent : STRONGER
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Type of bandage : SPICA
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Asserted without proof : ALLEGED
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Indonesian coin : SEN
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Secreted : HID
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Displaced person : EMIGRE
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___ Carlo Menotti : GIAN
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Nobelist in Literature: 1946 : HESSE
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Nitrite, e.g. : ESTER
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Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
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S. Yemen seaport : ADEN
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L–Q connection : MNOP
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TV show starring Sherman Hemsley : AMEN
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Star of "American Gigolo" : GERE
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N.Y. summer time : EDT
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Greek letter : ETA
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Actress Le Gallienne : EVA
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Highlands headgear : TAM
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Inst. in Troy, N.Y. : RPI

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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